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Old 08-22-2019, 07:58 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I like the optima chargers also, no boost feature but have a jump pack for that
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Old 08-22-2019, 08:07 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Oh and do not be anywhere near the thing when arc welder charging
pull the batteries out, put them as far from the welder as your leads will reach and plug it in from as far away as possible
only go for short times as shit's gonna get hot quick
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Old 08-22-2019, 08:07 PM   #28 (permalink)
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i really like my optima charger.
My BIL got one, it brought an old red top I had sitting around back to life when my charger wouldn’t
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Old 08-22-2019, 08:37 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I stopped by hf and they didnt have any dumb chargers.
My local HF has several different ones but
I have one like this=
https://www.harborfreight.com/automo...art-60581.html
Buy one with a coupon or when it goes on sale for like $39. That’s what I did
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Old 08-22-2019, 08:52 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Oh and do not be anywhere near the thing when arc welder charging
pull the batteries out, put them as far from the welder as your leads will reach and plug it in from as far away as possible
only go for short times as shit's gonna get hot quick

As long as my leads will reach? I think I have 2000+ feet.
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Old 08-22-2019, 08:55 PM   #31 (permalink)
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As long as my leads will reach? I think I have 2000+ feet.
oh right you're an ironworker I forgot haha

20' is fine
I've just got a jacket and pants with LOTS of holes in them from a battery blowing up. Still got my eyeballs and such somehow.

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2/10 amp Schumacher that I got from my Father when he passed away, it's probably 20 years old, works great.

I also have several small 'battery tender' brand chargers, they charge slow, but I've never had a problem with them, oldest one I have is probably about 10 years old.
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Old 08-22-2019, 09:42 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Rizk National Industries still makes dumb chargers in the USA, no experience though
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Harbor freight one on sale...
I'm going on about 15 years on my HF box.
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I might be able to stomach the $600 if I knew it would last.
we have only been open here for 5 years, they look and work brand new. They have some pretty cool features for the boost, dead battery bypass, and the 3 settings for different types of batteries. A normal battery charger does not charge agm or gel properly or at the correct charging voltage.
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The flea market was where I bought my last buzz box.
I like all the smart chargers for maintaining, but for a shit dead battery, you need an old buzz box charger.
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I recently bought a NOCO G15000. Sold my house and have been boondocking in a travel trailer. I use a Honda Eu1000i to power the charger. So far so good. Its compact and light and will charge about anything you can throw at it. They could have done a better job selecting their wiring as the insulation isn't all that flexible in the cold. My biggest reason for purchase was the 26 amp charging rate.
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10 Amp Schumacher I bought at Sears 35 Years ago still works, had to redo the power cord once though. I buy them whenever I see a deal used at Rummage sales and thrift stores. Got 6 or 7 right now. Got a big NAPA one I pulled out of a recycle bin after a rummage sale., fixed the fan that rattled, it works great. Can't have too many battery chargers.
they still sell 'em
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